Dr. Lees is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the Camden campus of Rutgers University.  He specializes on the social and intellectual history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. He has also written extensively on the history of cities, outside as well as inside Europe. Among his publications, the best known are Cities Perceived: Urban Society in European and American Thought, 1820-1940 (Columbia University Press and Manchester University Press, 1985) and Cities, Sin, and Social Reform in Imperial Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2002). His edition of the autobiography of Alice Salomon, Character Is Destiny was published in 2004 (also by the University of Michigan Press).  With his wife, Lynn Hollen Lees, he has also written Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2007). His latest book is The City: A World History (Oxford University Press, 2015).   A member of the Rutgers-Camden faculty between 1974 and 2016, he has taught broadly in the areas of European and comparative European/American history since the late eighteenth century. 

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